Owler Brook Primary School

Learning for life together

Wensley Street, Sheffield, S4 8HQ

enquiries@owlerbrook.sheffield.sch.uk

0114 2438611

BLP

BLP in Action

In school we have been promoting BLP. Every year we have a week dedicated to using our BLP skills to make a museum and we have been using the language of BLP in our classrooms.

Here are some images from our most recent BLP museum.

Resilience

Resilience - sticking at tasks even when they appear difficult and not giving up.

We want our children to be resilient with their learning. We want them to persevere with tasks and manage distractions. When they get stuck with something we want them to try and come up with a solution. We can help our children by talking through their ideas. In school a character called Ruby Rhino helps us to do this.

At home you can encourage your child to have a go at things even if they seem difficult. This could be anything from: swinging on monkey bars, completing a jigsaw or completing a homework task. You could help your child to break down a task into smaller more manageable chunks. Giving praise and rewards for the completion of challenges will further encourage your child.

You can use language like this...

“Be resilient.”

“Be like Ruby Rhino.”

“Have a try!”

“You can do it!”

Reflectiveness

Reflectiveness - thinking about what you do and how you could do it better, finding solutions to problems.

We want our children to be reflective in their learning. We want them to plan tasks in advance, reflect and learn from their mistakes. Reflective learners are always keen and ready to have a try. In school a character called Tommy Tortoise helps us to do this.

At home you can encourage your child to think about what they already know before moving on to something new. Making links between old and new learning will help your child to be successful. It will help them to prepare for their next step and build their confidence.

You can use language like this...

“Be reflective.”

“Oops that didn’t work - how could you improve ………... ?”

“How will you…… ?”

“What will you do differently next time?”

“Be like Tommy Tortoise.”

Reciprocity

Reciprocity - working with others and sharing good ideas.

We want our children to be reciprocal in their learning. We want them to be able to work as a team but also to be able to work and learn independently. Children can also imitate good learners/successful role models in order to become better learners. In school a character called Team Ant helps us to do this.

At home you can encourage your child to be a team player, this includes getting on with their brothers and sisters! You can also encourage good speaking and listening and encourage your child to disagree in a kind way. You may want to play games with your child so that you can encourage turn taking and fair play. You may also want to encourage your child to join a club so that they can develop their relationships with others.

You can use language like this...

“Be reciprocal.”

“Be like Team Ant.”

“I disagree with you because……”

Resourcefulness

Resourcefulness - finding solutions to problems and being ready and organised for any task you undertake.

We want our children to be resourceful with their learning. We want them to have the right equipment to learn and ask questions that will deepen their understanding.

At home you can encourage your child to get their things ready for school the night before (PE kits, pencil cases, violins etc.) and to be more organised. Writing lists about what you need to do is a good way of doing this. Completing puzzles and problems with your child will help them to develop their reasoning skills. You could also encourage your child to prepare a suitable learning space for their homework. Another strand of resourcefulness is the ability to ask questions—encourage your child to think of questions that they could ask to find out about something. This could be a school topic, a pet or even just something that you have seen on TV.

You can use language like this...

“Be resourceful.”

“Be like Busy Beaver and get your equipment ready.”

“Use your imagination!”

“Make a link - it’s a bit like when you…..!”

“What would be the best tool to…..?”

“What questions would you ask to find out about…….?”